If I Fix You is a book that leaves a lingering impression on you long after the last page is turned. I'll admit at first IPosted from: RJ Does Books!
If I Fix You is a book that leaves a lingering impression on you long after the last page is turned. I'll admit at first I was a little skeptical when reading the prologue by wondering if the conflict in this novel would be sustainable and interesting enough for the length of the pages without me experiencing back-and-forth/will-they-won't-they exhaustion. However, as soon as things took off I couldn't help but stay up and finish the last half of the book in one night.
When reading any novel I usually have a checklist for books that I utilize when reading—nothing too formal just a simple few traits most books I enjoy seem to have in common. If I Fix You hit several of these traits. Does this book have characters that aren't perfect/"chosen ones"/stock characters? Heck yes! Flawed characters are more interesting and relate-able, at least in my opinion, and Jill, Sean and Daniel were definitely far from perfect and boring. Do I care about the characters/world/plot within the first 50 pages? Yes. I mean it took a little longer to fully get on board with the characters but I got there and found them to be genuinely likeable.
There was something devilishly delicious about the tension between Daniel and Jill that I liked (even though I knew it was unethical) To me, they had more chemistry and gravitas than Jill had with Sean—before and after the incident—and made the most sense given that the two "fix" each other despite Sean having more weight and importance in the story than Daniel. Then there was the relationship between Jill and Claire, her best friend. I felt it to be somewhat odd that Jill felt comfortable telling a stranger of what was bothering her and not her best friend who practically begged her to tell her so she could help. Nevertheless, Claire was a dedicated friend who cared about Jill—possibly more than Jill even thought so herself. Of all the relationships between Jill and those surrounding her in this novel, the one that was the most developed and interesting was the one she had with her father. Their bond was so strong and was unparalleled to anything I've read before in the YA contemporary genre. Abigail Johnson's ability to create a tangible parent-to-child relationship deserves to be commended and acknowledged as that is a difficult element which she has beautifully mastered in this debut.
Now on to the plot of this book: If I Fix You is a story about love (in many forms), secrets, as well as forgiveness and learning to move on after a traumatic incident causes a rift between Jill and her friends and family. It is a novel with a certain rawness that is able to transcend this novel from a run of the mill contemporary to a cinematic-like drama in literary form that both warms and tugs at your heart when reading it. It isn't the most shocking scandal, but rather a mother who wasn't exactly maternal (more selfish) and a misunderstanding followed by jumping to conclusions and letting it fester without confrontation to find a resolution. However most teens are irrational, so I understood why Jill became so angered and traumatized from what she experienced.
In closing, Abigail Johnson's If I Fix You is a raw and emotional read that will trigger a response from you as you hurt and heal alongside Jill on her journey of forgiveness. Definitely worth the read!
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I received a copy of Kresley Cole's first book in her widely adored series, The Arcana Chronicles for review some time last month. I'm not unfamiliarI received a copy of Kresley Cole's first book in her widely adored series, The Arcana Chronicles for review some time last month. I'm not unfamiliar with Kresley Cole, I do own a few of her adult fiction romance novels that I still need to read. From what I've gathered Poison Princess is her first foray into the YA world, and after I received the request and read the synopsis I knew this book would be right for me.
Poison Princess has a very inventive theme. There aren't many novels out there that deal with Tarot cards and I felt that in times when reading was a little straining, this kept me going because I wanted to see where it would go. I mention straining only because there were some somewhat less exciting parts of the novel every now and then for me during reading, especially in the beginning. Which is understandable since 1) this is the first novel in the series and 2) you have to set up the world, characters, and story.
I loved the world that Kresley built. It's very hard to set up a believable world that is literally in shambles, but the world before and after The Flash definitely had their own unique distinctions. Paired against a wonderfully refreshing theme that separates this series from the wave of others in the genre, it's easy to see why many adore this series.
In regards of Evie and Jackson, I feel that if I dug deep inside the novel there would be some redeeming qualities. They aren't one of my favorite sets of characters, but I've also read far worse in other novels I couldn't even finish. Jackson has romantic qualities but I feel that his actions and overall persona are counterintuitive of a true romantic love interest. I do love when characters have somewhat of a complexity to them as it helps in adding dimension, however I feel it wasn't the most forgivable or justifiable in this case. Evie is somewhat of a popular girl who is rich and privileged and there is a bit of a whine to her character. It's only natural that she wouldn't be as resourceful and a strong survivalist like Katniss in the wake of destruction but necessity and desperation can humble even the strongest of egos. I felt, overall, disconnected to the majority of the characters.
As I've mentioned Poison Princess is inventive in its theme and is a great first book in what I've heard is a phenomenal series. Despite the few flaws I encountered, I did still think it was enjoyable and entertaining and would one day like to read the rest of the series. I can see why Kresley Cole novels come with high recommendations. The love and talent she has for writing is evident, and I am even more eager to read the other novels I own that are written by her. I would like to thank the author, publisher, and Sullivan + Partners for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review....more